I sat in the sauna with three Korean ladies this afternoon. Yeah, I regularly go to the community centre to work out and swim. (Good for my shoulder). I follow this up with a few minutes in the sauna, where I usually enjoy a good conversation with whomever I find there.Today there were three Korean ladies in the sauna, having a lively conversation in Korean. I could not resist interrupting. This led to a lively exchange, mostly in English. After expressing appreciation for my Korean, they told me proudly that Korean was the most difficult language to learn. I replied that if a person had Chinese or Japanese, Korean was not that difficult, and opined that with the right attitude, and a lot of listening and reading, no language was really out of reach. They refused to believe that, saying, in their less than perfect English, that they had been in Vancouver for 10 years and still struggled with English. Moral(s) of the story. 1) If you think your own language is difficult, you will find other languages difficult.
2) I must get some water-proof LingQ name cards to hand out in the sauna